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Becoming A Women Who Does

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Insecurity has caused me to miss out on a lot of opportunities in life. For years I walked around completely uncomfortable in my own skin. My clothes were never quite right, I couldn’t ever get my hair the way I wanted it, and I was always way too skinny. I learned how to fake confidence enough to […]

I’m Not Oblivious


We’re living in some tumultuous times, y’all. Race relations in this country have gone to the crapper. Mothers are scared for their sons. There’s a war on our daughters, and women are still earning less than men in the workplace for doing the same job. Folks are killing people over parking spots, police officers are […]

I’m Just Keeping Up With The Rileys

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You know the phrase, keeping up with the Jones’? The Jones’ are a fictitious family that have EVERYTHING. Big screen television, fancy house, extravagant vacations. Oh, the Jones Family has it going on! Everyone wants what the Jones’ have, and they are going to do whatever they have to do to keep up with them. Lots […]

If You Love, Let It Go

if you love, let it go

Have you ever had the experience of struggling to let something go? Maybe it was something you really wanted to do, or some place you really wanted to go, or someone you really wanted to be with, but for some reason, it just didn’t work out for you to get what you want? That has […]

You Belong Here. Don’t Let Comparison Tell You Otherwise.

You Belong Here.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty emotional for my family. One of my brothers went missing the Monday before last. He got dressed for work, walked his dogs like he did every morning, and walked out of the house leaving his wallet, keys, car, and phone behind. For 8 days my family, his friends […]

I Am Here

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I don’t take a lot of selfies. I can never seem to get the angle right, and on the occasions when I do, my skin looks bad, or my hair is a mess, or the picture is just off. Besides, it’s just so much easier to take pictures of Ayva and Terrence. They’re always camera […]

Two Steps Back

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Is there ever a point where I’ll stop beating myself up for not being the perfect mom? I’m starting to think that there won’t be. Please allow me to vent for a bit, y’all. I really don’t like whining or complaining, but I feel like I’m never going to get ahead in parenting. I take […]

(Video) Being In 2015 – My New Year Resolution

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I know it’s kind of early to start thinking about the new year. We haven’t even made it to Christmas, yet. This last year has gone by so fast that I have no doubt the next few weeks are going to fly by. I had a few moments to reflect triggered by a family tragedy, […]

Make A “Rock Strong” Bracelet

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I’m sharing stories of toughness thanks to a partnership with Brawny®. My family is going through a really hard time right now. One of my family members is very sick, and it’s just super challenging to deal with it. My sister, especially, is managing the brunt of everything. Over the past few months, she has had to […]

8 Ways To Give When You Don’t Have Money

8 Ways To Give When You Don't Have Money

December is the month when folks are feeling extra generous. Not only are they buying presents for their family and friends, but they’re closing the year out by giving back to others. In fact, the first Tuesday in the month is now called Giving Tuesday, and non-profits and other social good organizations get to take […]